• January: The running data is in

    The data is in for the first month of the year. Will it show progress? Will it show failure?

    Before we get to the numbers (and graphs, oh the graphs), firstly what is this Run Run thing all about? Basically, I have a plan to run 1000 km in 2013. I failed dismally last year. I’m more determined this year.

    So what do the numbers say then?

    Good news! So far this year I’ve run a somewhat respectable 134.50 kilometers. I say somewhat respectable because there are people that can run that in an afternoon. But for progress to the 1000km mark, it’s not bad for the first month.

    I am however worried that this is what’ll happen (thanks to PHD Comics):

    PHD Comics: Exercise vs. Time

    Now, how does it compare with that evil pacing bunny rabbit?

    Pacing Bunny... losing

    The caption may give the game away. That bunny is behind at the moment, eating dust. The bunny (which runs the average of 2.6 kilometers a day to meet the 1000km/year goal) has bounded 84.9 kilometers. That puts me 49.6 km ahead at the end of the first month.

    Jan: Will v Bunny

    And here is the graph of runs so far this month:

    Jan: All Runs

    All good news. I’d like to run more kilometers each month, but with February being 3 days shorter, I better get cracking. See you in a month.

  • Kookaburra in a tree – a binocular/smartphone mashup

    Kookaburra in a tree

    I was playing around the other day with my phone and a pair of binoculars, trying to work out how combine the two to take a photo. This is the best I could come up with.

    It was taken with a iPhone 3GS, so the quality isn’t as high as it otherwise could have been.   That and I held a smartphone up to the eye piece of a fairly cheap set of binoculars before pushing the “take photo” button with my nose.


  • Final 2012 update

    Just got back from my final run of the year. It was only 5km and it hurt. I obviously failed my 1000km target many, many months back. So how did I go for the year?

    [progpress title=”My Running Meter” goal=”1000” current=”268.8” label=”kms”]

    268.8 km. Not a great result. Not even one third! The Pacing Bunny well and truly won. Hear hear to the Pacing Bunny.

    I think it’s time for a graph or two (or three).

    This is the kilometers run per month for 2012. The huge stretch of time where I ran zero kilometers is clearly where I got supremely lazy and didn’t run because I reckoned my knee hurt. It seems fixed now.


    That spike in October? Good month. Unfortunately, the 79.4 km run is still 4km short of what I’ll need to run on average for a whole year to get to 1000km!

    Here’s all my runs broken into week brackets. Last year, I started (and ended) with good intentions.


    Finally, all my runs for the last four years broken into yearly brackets. The big discovery here is that I haven’t actually run 1000km in the last four years combined.


    All up in 2012, I ran for 21 hours, 09 minutes and 27 seconds.

    So 1000km for 2013 is again the target. It’s easy to say, but today’s XKCD cartoon addresses what is likely to happen.


  • The day my Kindle broke

    UPDATE: 9 July 2013I’ve written a better step-by-step guide here.

    I pulled it out of my bag, and the screen was broken. Tragedy!

    I have noo idea how it happened. It must have been broken somewhere, but it wasn’t like I’d dropped it or squashed it or stepped on it.

    I decided to see if I could get a replacement from Amazon. I’d read that Amazon sometimes replaces Kindles free-of-charge if the screen is broken. It’s possible I didn’t press hard enough, but that offer never came up for me.

    I did get this offer though:


    I’m sorry to hear about the problem with your Kindle.

    I’ve checked and see that the One-Year warranty of your Kindle has been expired.

    I know a lot of other companies don’t give you any options outside of the original warranty, because you are already a Kindle owner, rather than leaving you hanging we can actually get you a replacement at a highly discounted rate.

    As you are loyal customer, to replace your Kindle device, we have some options for the Kindle device with reduced prices.

    1. Kindle, Wi-Fi, 6″ E Ink Display – includes Special Offers & Sponsored Screensavers for a charge of $54.00.

    2. Certified Refurbished Kindle Touch 3G (ATT), Free 3G + Wi-Fi, 6″ E Ink Display – includes Special Offers & Sponsored Screensavers for a charge of $104.00.

    These Kindles will have a new 90 day warranty at no cost and you will even be able to transfer over all your books for free.

    Etc, etc.

    Sigh. I had a think about it, and decided on option 1. But it turns out there was none in stock.

    My Kindle is a 3G keyboard, and you can’t get them anymore. I really like the 3G internet feature (I can download books in more than 100 countries, for only the cost of the book). So I decided to try and fix it!

    I got a new screen from eBay, ordered it. It turned up today so I cracked it open and got to work.

    This guide helped me, but you don’t really need to remove the speaker part to get at the screen. Also, watch you don’t damage the power switch. It’s delicate and I accidentally dislodged it and spent about an hour figuring out how to make it all fit back in again.

    Not to worry, as it’s all fixed now!

    As good as new!

    Things can still be fixed these days. Why buy a new model, when you can fix what you’ve already got?

  • Why are you so grumpy when we have science?

    From explodingdog 2012